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FDI Foreign Direct Investment Corporate Real Estate Site Search Industrial or office building projects Human Resources and Relocation
Economic Development Organizations Corporate Project News and PR Expatriate networks and resources Supply Chain & Logistics Services
This new service is intended to foster a global community of executives and professionals who are willing to openly share practical knowledge, experience, and ideas on topics in this niche.

Please refer to the explanation of this new service at the bottom of this page.

The new Google Groups remain under development.  New members are welcome, but we selectively manage membership to maintain the quality of postings.

Membership is free, as is the posting of new topics and replies by Group members.  See comments about appropriate use of these Google Groups at the bottom of this page.

In the column below, we describe and provide links for convenience to the Groups, such as to browse the archives of content.  This is a new service of Google (still in the "Beta" stage at the end of 2004 as a replacement for the old Usenet services).  We expect content to gradually be added to these Groups by ourselves and other members.  We have set up some initial topics and content to demonstrate their potential relevance as a tool in this niche. In the column below, we make it easy to become a member or "subscribe" to the Group.  Members can choose to receive new Group postings by e-mail if they wish.  The archived topic and reply postings are organized to make them easy to find quickly when relevant, in addition to Google searches for relevant content within the Group or across others.  We "moderate" Group membership rather than appropriate topic postings and replies by members.
FDI Foreign Direct Investment For executives and business advisors to share FDI project knowledge
Google Groups FDI Foreign Direct Investment
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

Share knowledge of useful resources for corporate direct investment projects such as setting up offices or factories anywhere. Lessons learned, tips, pitfalls, useful contacts.

Not to promote or criticize specific business locations or services. The focus is on the executive perspective for project planning.  How can they do it faster and better?

Membership and the posting of messages by members in all such Groups is free.

Examples of potential topics in the FDI Foreign Direct Investment Group include :

  •  Business location or site selection consultants (finding, using)
  •  Survey of EDO's and IPA's to share knowledge of capabilities
  •  Commercial or Corporate Real Estate (CRE) firms (contacts, selection)
  •  Expatriate assignment transition services and support networks
  •  International legal services relevant to FDI project plans
  •  Business finance and investment risk services for FDI projects
  •  Strategic alliances, joint ventures, and B2B partnering or networking
  •  Business process outsourcing (BPO) - resources and experiences
  •  Suggestions of other relevant Groups (to make good ones easier to find)

The initial content provides links to some of the information we openly share on this site.

Google Groups Subscribe to FDI Foreign Direct Investment
Email:
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

"Subscribe" is Google's term for the choice to "opt in" for membership in the discussion Group.  There are optional privacy controls available to mask e-mail addresses in the Group, and to control whether postings are received by e-mail.

This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives).

Are you : involved in direct investment decisions and commitments by your company, or do you provide a service to executives or their advisors in support of investment projects?

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.

Groups are intended to share knowledge, not to directly promote areas or services.

In general, we do not moderate (edit or control) postings prior to publication to Group members, but we may remove inappropriate content from the archives at any time.  Our role as moderator is mainly to screen new members for apparent relevance to the Group.

It isn't intended for academic or multilateral organization discussions about the social and economic impact of FDI, analysis of FDI flows and national stocks of FDI, the challenges of developing countries, etc.  The focus is to help executives find solutions to their needs.

Economic Development Organizations (EDO's, IPA's, RDA's) For EDO's and advisors to share local market knowledge with executives
Google Groups Economic Development Organizations (EDO)
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

Share knowledge from the perspective of corporate executives about working with regional, state, and local EDO's which promote investment in their areas (also known as Investment Promotion Agencies or IPA's, and as Regional Development Agencies or RDA's).

How to find useful resources and contacts. Not intended to promote one area or service.

Examples of potential topics in the Economic Development Organizations Group include :

  •  Lessons learned - why projects go quickly and smoothly, or not
  •  Resources for tax and investment credits and incentives information
  •  Human resources issues for investment project planning
  •  Sources of local labor force attributes and cost data, GIS tools
  •  Creative initiatives for recruitment and training support of projects
  •  Announcements of new websites or website address changes among EDO's
  •  Opinions about "best practices" in EDO services and website content
  •  Investment promotion and support services in China (example - or other countries)
  •  Foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in Korea (existing, expanded, or new)
  •  Foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in Europe (etc. - for locations worldwide)
  •  Economic development and business investment in Ohio
  •  Economic development and business investment in Illinois (etc. for other states)
  •  Economic development and business investment in Canada

Google Groups can only be listed under 3 categories.  We chose Asia, Europe, and the US as regional categories, but topics in this group are not limited to such geographic areas.

Google Groups Subscribe to Economic Development Organizations (EDO)
Email:
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives). 

Are you : an executive or business advisor with experience working with EDO's, or work for an EDO and have insights to share about useful resources and contacts, or working together on projects?  The focus should be to share helpful insights, not local sales pitches.

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.  See additional comments below about the appropriate use of this Group.

The focus of this group is from the perspective of a corporate executive who needs to consider business location alternatives, and better understand how to find and work effectively with relevant EDO's and other service providers in the areas of interest.

It isn't intended for general knowledge-sharing or discussion among EDO's about economic development programs and issues within the profession, although this is not excluded from discussion (such as to highlight unique initiatives of interest to businesses or peers).

There are other forums (such as through IEDC) for exchanging ideas among EDO's.  This Group is intended to more openly share knowledge and ideas with executives and their advisors on the basis of professional experience in support of many company projects.  The insights you share can demonstrate the business value of your project experience.

Corporate Real Estate - Site Search for Project Plans For CRE advisors and EDO's to share property knowledge with executives
Google Groups Corporate Real Estate Site Selection
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

Share general market knowledge and ideas about the process of selecting new business locations, or negotiating CRE deals and cost savings or incentives at preferred locations.

Examples of potential topics in the Corporate Real Estate Site Search Group include :

  •  Requests for assistance and contacts in other regions (non-confidential)
  •  Commercial or Corporate Real Estate (CRE) firms (contacts, selection)
  •  Industrial buildings and sites - how to find, constraints of listing services
  •  Corporate office relocation - finding office space, market data, services
  •  Business location or site selection consultants (finding, using)
  •  Relocation services - physically moving business operations
  •  Outsourcing facilities management and other CRE functions
  •  How CRE service providers deliver value beyond transaction services
Google Groups Subscribe to Corporate Real Estate Site Selection
Email:
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives). 

Are you : a corporate real estate executive or professional service provider, including CRE brokers and location consultants, or an economic development professional with a website which shares timely information about available commercial real estate in your service area?

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.  See additional comments below about the appropriate use of this Group.

The global focus of this Group is to share knowledge and ideas from the perspective of a corporate executive who needs local market knowledge and professional support to consider business location alternatives carefully, and better understand how to find and work effectively with relevant EDO's and CRE service providers in the places of potential interest.  This may also include helping executives with infrequent CRE projects to understand how CRE firms deliver value beyond property transaction services.

Corporate Project News and Press Releases For executives, advisors, and EDO's to share news of project announcements
Google Groups Corporate Project News
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

Share knowledge of significant direct capital investment project announcements by companies, such as new, expanded, relocated or consolidated offices, factories, R&D operations, distribution centers, etc. 

Examples of potential topics in the Corporate Project News Group include:

  •  Investment projects announced by region (country, state, metro area or county)
  •  Investment projects announced by industry or type of project (call center, etc.)
  •  Investment projects by service provider (examples of client projects, specialties)
  •  Disinvestment (plant closures, major relocations of operations, etc.)
  •  Cluster development progress (growth of a base in target industry sectors)
  •  Analysis of investment project trends by industry or geography
Google Groups Subscribe to Corporate Project News
Email:
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives). 

Are you : a corporate executive responsible for project decisions or announcements, or a service provider or EDO authorized to release reports about client projects in your area?

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.  See additional comments below about the appropriate use of this Group.

The focus of this Group is to make it easy to find more information about major projects - not every little development.  Who supported the project?  Where did it go, what alternatives were considered, and why was this location chosen?  What is the scale of the project (jobs, $ investment, space) and purpose?  What will it enable the company to do better?  Were incentives a significant factor in the final decision?

Industrial and office building projects - design, engineering, and construction For architects, engineers, project managers, construction firms and others
Google Groups Industrial and Office Building Projects
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

Share knowledge about the architectural design, engineering, construction and project management process for industrial and office building projects, as well as insights about working with property developers, project finance specialists, REIT's and other services.

Examples of potential topics in the Building Projects Group include:

  •  Special project management considerations in (country, state, etc.)
  •  Design and construction experience in the (industry)
  •  Design and construction for (type of project - distribution centers, R&D, etc.)
  •  Trends in workplace design, and regional variances
  •  The impact of facility design on corporate performance
  •  Cost control in design and construction projects
  •  Competitive bid versus negotiated contracts
  •  Project finance alternatives for industrial and office buildings
Google Groups Subscribe to Industrial and Office Building Projects
Email:
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives). 

Are you : an architect, engineer, project manager, industrial or office property developer, or construction specialist, or an executive with experience to share about such services, or an expected need for assistance in new locations or beyond any existing service relationships?

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.

The focus is to share knowledge and ideas about capabilities, project planning and management, and what differentiates the service providers from the buyer's perspective so that executives can reach better-informed decisions about development of their project plans.

Expatriate networks and resources For expatriate executives and service providers to share market knowledge
Google Groups Expatriate Networks and Resources
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

Share knowledge about issues and resources for executives and their families on international assignments, including expatriate networks and services, cross-cultural transitions, doing business in a specific country, tax and legal issues, insurance, relocation services, security and corruption issues, etc.

Examples of potential topics in the Expatriate Networks and Resources Group include:

  •  Finding well-qualified interpreters, translators, and language training services
  •  Cross-cultural transition and training for expatriates and their families
  •  Useful sources to learn about living and doing business in a specific country
  •  Tips about common mistakes to avoid, and how to make a good impression
  •  Tax compliance and legal pitfalls for individuals and companies
  •  Dealing with corruption in both personal and business situations
  •  Personal and family security considerations and precautions, warnings
  •  Insurance issues for personal property, liability, health, etc.
  •  Family education issues and resources or suggestions

 

Google Groups Subscribe to Expatriate Networks and Resources
Email:
Browse Archives at groups-beta.google.com

This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives).

Are you : an expatriate manager or executive on an international assignment for your company, or locally employed in a foreign country, or a service provider who assists expatriates with the many challenges of such foreign service assignments?

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.

The Group may also highlight expatriate forums, such as for residents of a particular country or expatriates of one nationality, which are open to postings by anyone.  Based upon a review of such services, we think executives may welcome insights from a more selective Group with a focus on business topics as well as family relocation and cross-cultural transition issues.

Human Resources and Relocation For HR executives and advisors to share knowledge of HR issues for projects
THIS GROUP IS NOT READY YET - Please tell us if you would like to participate

Share knowledge of human resources and relocation services in the context of planning corporate investment projects such as new offices, factories, or other operations.  This can include useful sources of labor market information, compensation practices, insurance, international assignments and relocation, executive search, recruitment and training programs, etc.

Examples of potential topics in the Human Resources and Relocation Group include:

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This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives). 

Are you : an HR executive or professional service provider, or economic development professional with significant HR market knowledge and practical ideas to share?

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.

The focus of the Group is to cut through the hype about how wonderful the workforce is in every potential location, and help HR executives to make sense of their alternatives as they face difficult choices for business expansion, relocation, or consolidation projects.

Supply Chain and Logistics Services For logistics advisors and EDO's to share distribution project knowledge
THIS GROUP IS NOT READY YET - Please tell us if you would like to participate

Share knowledge of logistics services in the context of corporate investment project decisions, such as the location of manufacturing or distribution operations, including the optimization of inbound and outbound logistics.  Ocean freight and port services, railways, trucking, rivers, air freight, etc. 

Examples of potential topics in the Logistics Services Group include:

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This is a public but moderated Group (selective membership for relevance to the topic, but with open communication within the Group and open access for visitors to search topic archives). 

Are you : a specialist in logistics services (port services, railroads, highway freight, ocean freight, etc.) or an executive with significant supply chain or logistics interests, or economic development professional in an area with significant logistics operations and resources (major distribution centers, intermodal facilities, strategic sites for major logistics projects, etc.).

If so, you are welcome to join, add relevant discussion topics, and reply to postings.

The focus of this Group is to make it easier for executives to find solutions to the logistics requirements of their projects as companies expand, relocate, or consolidate operations.

Future use of Google Groups  
Other Google Groups may be selectively highlighted here - such as news ones we may set up and manage in response to the interests of our contacts, as well as relevant Groups in which we may participate or believe our contacts may be interested. Please let us know if other moderated, private discussion groups (invitation-only membership and restricted access to search and view the content postings) would be of interest.
   
   
Explanation

We have set up "Google Groups" which are relevant to our work.  These discussion Groups or special interest groups should facilitate the open exchange of practical knowledge between corporate executives and professional service providers with special expertise in this niche.

This is intended to foster a global community of executives and professionals who are willing to openly share practical knowledge, experience, and ideas on topics in this niche.  This complements our ability to share such knowledge more privately for specific business needs through research and referrals to relevant resources and business or professional contacts.

These Groups are generally open to anyone who is relevant to a professional dialogue on the discussion topics involved, although Group membership is moderated.

In other words, we selectively accept new Group members who can add or reply to postings, but do not moderate in advance what they publish to the Group.  In general, we welcome relevant members and their contributions.

This is simply a very basic control to help ensure the quality of Group content and minimize irrelevant broadcasts of new postings to all Group members.  We choose not to monitor all of the postings in advance, so please bring any abuses of this Group service to our attention.

   
Appropriate use of these Google Groups by members

We may also highlight other discussion Groups which are relevant to the executives we serve, or helpful to their professional advisors and economic development organizations.  We welcome feedback about other relevant Groups or business networking resources.

We will list other Groups very selectively to make it easier to quickly identify potential Groups of interest to our contacts in this niche market.  Most Groups will be irrelevant to this specialty and can be found quickly through Google Groups or search features anyway.

We do not control the content of Google Groups, or assume any liability for such content.  Please bring any abuse of the Groups we moderate to our attention or the member involved.

These groups are not intended to promote or criticize any specific area or service.

Google policy imposes constraints on the marketing use of Groups.  These Groups are to share useful resources, "lessons learned", practical experience, and ideas in this niche.  Postings are openly available and indexed by Google for search purposes.  New postings are typically distributed by e-mail to all Group members, but each member can control this.

Although it would generally be our preference to have completely open Groups, we feel that there is a need to moderate who is a member of the group, and then members can guide the appropriate use of postings for open knowledge-sharing among members of the Group.  This should help to assure the professional quality and relevance of the postings by members.

Illustrative examples of appropriate usage

In addition to the general guidance above for each Group description, the following examples may help to visualize appropriate ways to use these Groups to share relevant knowledge and discussions in ways which are not overt marketing pitches for one place or service.

  •  "Corporate Project News" Group
    • We expect topics and replies which provide insights into major project announcements, because this information is of common interest to the Group.
    • This can be of interest by location and industry or type of project, but all content should obviously be of a non-confidential nature.  It is also helpful to organize the content to reflect the timing - such as projects in 2004, 2005, etc.
    • This should not simply duplicate a press release.  Instead, a posting should highlight the key points, and perhaps link to sources of additional information for those who are interested, such as the press release or contact for details.
    • It can also provide updates as a major project develops or grows beyond the original scale as announced.  Note that closures can also be highlighted, because these may represent relevant opportunities for other businesses.
    • It can highlight details such as the service providers involved (site selection, incentives negotiation, facility design, engineering and construction, CRE deal, tax and legal services, project finance, etc.).  These details may not appear in the usual press releases or local website content, but can be very helpful to executives and advisors with similar project interests.
  •  "Economic Development Organizations" Group
    • Any economic development organization can post an entry under a relevant topic, such as to identify the area it serves, scope of services, industry clusters and major recent developments in the area of potential interest to investors and advisors under a topic such as "Economic development and business investment in Illinois" for a state, county, utility, city or regional EDO in Illinois.  This should just hit the highlights, with a website link for details, so that executives and advisors can recognize potential relevance at a glance.
    • The topics on "Foreign Direct Investment Project in ..." would focus on existing, expanded, or new foreign investments in a specific region, country, or state, but these should be grouped rather than as separate topics by county, town, etc.  They could also be grouped by industry or type of project, such as "Foreign Direct Investment Projects in the Biotech Industry" or "Foreign Direct Investment Projects in IT Outsourcing" or "... in Customer Contact Centers".
    • Executives and advisors with experience working with EDO's are also welcome to share their insights, such as testimonials or suggestions about how other executives can benefit from working with EDO's on their projects, or to highlight particularly useful EDO services they have encountered (which may help other EDO's to better understand their expectations or learn of best practices).
  •  "Corporate Real Estate Site Selection" Group
    • This section can help executives to find property listing services for specific areas, which should generally be grouped by region (rather than separate topics for every member area, which would be more like an ad for a local website).  For example, "Industrial and Office Buildings and Sites in Illinois" could include postings by cities, utilities, and counties about how to find listings in their areas, so that the topic as a whole becomes a guide to Illinois listings since such information may be scattered across many websites rather than reliably consolidated in a single source.  This can help executives and advisors to quickly find the relevant property listing services for their interests.
    • On the other hand, it would generally be inappropriate to use this feature to promote specific properties, as if it were a place to post advertisements.
    • This can also be used to highlight special types of developments, such as business incubators, science and technology parks, foreign trade zones, or other unique resources of potential interest to specific investor groups.  These can otherwise be hard to find in many cases among general listing services which focus on property attributes (size, location, building features, etc.).
  •  "Industrial and Office Building Projects" Group
    • This group is to discuss the process and services involved in the design and development of business facilities, including project management and the work of architects, engineers, construction firms, interior design specialists, etc.
    • It is not intended to promote specific development projects or service providers, but examples from past or current projects can highlight important planning considerations of common interest to potential investors and their advisors, or share knowledge of innovative practices.
    • In other words, shared knowledge about the process and specific project examples can highlight the capabilities and specialization of the member, but should not simply be an advertisement for the service provider (see Google constraints on the marketing use of Google Groups as above).
Examples of inappropriate usage

One very basic constraint, as explained further below, is that Google imposes limits on the marketing use of the Google Groups feature.  Inappropriate usage would thus jeopardize the availability of this service for the benefit of all other members.

This is explained directly on the Google site, but here are two examples of what we would regard as inappropriate, not only because of the interest of Google (advertising sales), but because of the importance of maintaining the practical value and relevance of the Group discussion for all members and visitors to the archives.  Content should be of wider interest than to exclusively serve the promotional interests of one participant as if it were an ad.

  •  "Corporate Project News" Group
    • This is not a local newsletter service or e-mail distribution service for local area representatives or service providers to broadcast promotional messages to everyone in the group, and all who may explore the Group discuss archives.  The content which is posted should be selective, relatively succinct, and provide an easy path for those who are interested to find more information on the topic.  The content should clearly be of interest to others, rather than just self-interest.
    • It is very appropriate to have a topic about investment in a specific area or industry, or involving a specific type of service or type of project - but such content should be selective and well-organized for reference by others by grouping similar announcements together under a common topic heading.
    • For example, "Investment Projects in Lake County, Illinois - 2004" could be a valid topic, with replies posted by county representatives or local communities about specific project announcements in the county and their progress.
    • Some entries may logically fit into more than one topic.  The above example might also fit into "Projects in Illinois - 2004", or "Projects in the Biotech industry - 2004", or "distribution projects - 2004" as special groups by region, industry, and type of project (which may cut across regions and industries).
    • By contrast, it would not be appropriate to set up a new topic about each such project announcement.  These are postings under the general topic.  Otherwise, the Group would soon become a massive list of press releases about projects, rather than a structured discussion to help users find information by geographic region, industry, or project type.  Other services are available to publish press releases online, and such announcements should typically reside on member websites or elsewhere.  It is not the purpose of these Groups to republish such content, but rather to to make people aware of major developments which may be relevant to their future business interests.
    • There simply needs to be some self-discipline in such postings to avoid quickly making the content overwhelming and therefore less useful.
    • It would not be appropriate to set up a separate topic heading for every project which is announced in every town, or to broadcast every project announcement in every area worldwide to everyone else in the Group.  Instead, by categorizing the content in this simple manner through the consistent use of topic headings, it can be easy for users to quickly find relevant discussions, such as recent investment in a particular part of Illinois or an industry in the above example.
This is a free service, although Google also sells related advertising.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Google displays ads through the Google Groups feature, so that relevant advertisers can show up in response to searches and content.

It is therefore possible, for example, to plan advertising with Google to target specific Groups (not just Group members as they use the service, but any visitor who explores the archives of Group discussions). 

Google can make money through increased advertising sales by providing this service, so their policy for Group members restrains direct use for marketing purposes.  If you want to target the Group's audience, then consider investment in relevant Google advertisements.

Just as we do not profit directly by the creation and maintenance of such Groups, or by any of the advertising which appears in connection with such Groups (over which we have no control), we expect all Group members to respect the appropriate usage of these new channels.

The quality and relevance of the content provided by all members should benefit the entire Group and those who are expected to have an interest in the discussion topics, rather than just promote the exclusive marketing interests of a given member in lieu of advertising.

We do not profit directly from these Groups.  This is not a money-making scheme.

Unlike private websites which accept the placement of Google advertising within their own websites (as opposed to what Google displays when a user searches for relevant sites), there is no compensation to the Group or to us for developing such a targeted audience for ads.

We receive no compensation at all from Google for creating open, relevant discussion groups in this niche which can then be targeted by Google advertisers.  The only way we make money is through the various services we already offer to area representatives and professional service providers.  We earn nothing from Google Groups, because we accept no Google or other advertising on our website.

We may gain some extra visibility in this market, but the same is true of any other Group members who contribute useful postings or replies on topics of potential relevance to others.

We could certainly create more exclusive or private discussion groups or special events among our many contacts in this niche, but we believe there is a need for such a free and open forum for relevant professionals to discuss investment project considerations worldwide.

This should help executives and advisors to find the resources they need in this specialty.  That is the value of it - not as a new target for advertising, nor for any compensation to us.


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